Captain Marvel Trailer Breakdown (Super Bowl 2019)
By Meg Downey on
Captain Marvel is just around the corner, so it's pretty understandable that the amount of new footage being shown is starting to taper off. After all, it's not like they can show the entire movie as a tease before release, right? Still, that doesn't mean that the new 30-second Super Bowl LIII spot--watch it here--didn't have some nice new moments for us to pick out.
Despite the considerable amount of promotional footage to work from, much of the plot is still shrouded in mystery. After all, we only just learned who Jude Law was actually playing--and we still can't be sure about Annette Bening's character. But these questions only mean more room to theorize and pass the time before the movie's March 8 release date. After all, it is the last MCU release before the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, so every tiny detail counts.
Carol and Monica
Carol Danvers is a character with no shortage of origin stories, and her MCU incarnation is only adding to that legacy. In this version of events, she apparently is an amnesiac with no memory of her time on Earth before the Kree abducted and experimented on her. However, we know from footage like this scene here, that she most definitely did have a pretty successful life as a human being before that particular incident. We see her with her friend and Air Force comrade, Monica Rambeau, about to fly an exercise. It's brief, but enough to tell that Monica and Carol were friends prior to Carol's Kree heel-turn.
The next montage appears to be intercut moments of Carol's military life on Earth with her Kree training, flipping back and forth between her flying a regular old human jet and either flying--or escaping--a space age, laser-shooting craft. We also see a couple repeat scenes from previous spots and trailers of Carol during boot camp. Not a ton of new info in this moment, but enough to establish a bit more of Carol's life before her memory wiping set in. There's a good chance that returning to Earth will mean at least a few people will definitely know and recognize her, even if she doesn't recognize or know them.
Carol and Yon-Rogg
It's taken us a while to get official confirmation of just who, exactly, Jude Law is playing. But now that we know he's Yon-Rogg, and the moments between he and Carol take on an interesting subtext. In the comics, Yon is a Kree extremist who deeply hates and resents humans and considers the original Captain Mar-Vell, Carol's mentor, to be a traitor to the Kree race. In the MCU version of events, it looks like Yon will be straddling some sort of line between the two, acting both as a malevolent force against the humans and a sort of mentor to Carol.
Based on how intensely they're sparring (or, y'know, just straight up fighting) in this scene, we can imagine that that particular dichotomy causes some real tension between the two of them.
The exact extent of Carol's powers in the MCU is still pretty mysterious, but it certainly looks like she'll be getting the full extent of her "Binary" abilities--a period in her comics history where she was able to draw her power from a cosmic phenomena called a "white hole."
Like most cosmic superpowers, Carol's abilities as Binary were pretty vaguely defined, but they meant she was able to do things even normal Kree weren't able to do, like creating all sorts of fantastically trippy space-age lasers and power blasts, absorbing radiation, and generating the "power of a star." Does that mean she can time travel? We really don't know, but hey, it looks rad and is pretty intimidating nonetheless.
Carol and Fury
While this particular spot didn't have as much Carol/Nick Fury interactions as past clips have shown, we did get a new one, showcasing an extremely cute fist bump in the cockpit of a plane--probably taking place right after that moment in the second trailer when Fury asked her if she could fly the jet and she responded, "We'll see."
The question is, of course, what are they celebrating and why are they flying in the first place?